功夫

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Chinese[edit]

 
merit; achievement; result; service; accomplishment
husband; man
simp. and trad.
(功夫)
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Pronunciation[edit]


Note:
  • gĕ̤ng-hŭ - colloquial;
  • gŭng-hŭ - literary.
  • Min Nan
  • Wu
  • Noun[edit]

    功夫

    1. time (to do something); synonym for 工夫 (gōngfu)
      沒有功夫 / 没有功夫  ―  Wǒ méiyǒu gōngfu.  ―  I have no time. (I am busy)
      Yīhuìr gōngfu tā jiù pá shàng le yīgè dà shù. [Pinyin]
      He climbed up a tall tree in no time
    2. efforts (devoted to a task)
      Yào huā hěn dà de gōngfu cái xíng. [Pinyin]
      It won't work unless one expends great effort.
    3. accomplishments, achievement
    4. skill; art; workmanship (especially Chinese martial arts)
      Nà ge yǎnyuán niàn táicí de gōngfu bùcuò. [Pinyin]
      That actor's skill at reading his lines is not too shabby.
    5. kung fu (Chinese Martial art)
      Zhè shì Zhōngguó Shàolín gōngfu shǒucì zài Yǎdiǎn dēng tái liàngxiàng. [Pinyin]
      This was the first time that Chinese Shaolin kung fu was put on display in Athens, Greece.

    Usage notes[edit]

    • Originally, kung fu referred to any skill learned through great effort. Used by the Occident to refer to Chinese martial arts (武術武术 (wǔshù)), kung fu is now used by Chinese to also refer to martial arts, but only since the late twentieth century.

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    Kanji in this term
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    Noun[edit]

    功夫 (hiragana かんふう, katakana カンフー, rōmaji kanfū)

    1. (kenpō): kung fu